An avalanche on Mt. Everest has claimed the lives of 13 sherpa from Nepal, some of whom were working for a Seattle-based climbing company, in the single deadliest disaster on the tallest mountain in the world.
Witnesses said the deadly avalanche came out of nowhere during the early morning hours as the guides had gone to set up ropes for hundreds of climbers gathered at base camp.
Among the dead were five sherpa who were contracted through the Seattle guide company Alpine Ascents.
Local climber Kay Leclaire summated Everest in 2009, used Alpine Ascents before and has been to the exact spot where the sherpa were killed.
"They were wonderful strong people," Leclaire said.
When she summited Everest in 2009, Chhewang Nima Sherpa was by her side. The next year he was killed while climbing.
Sherpa are native mountain people who are extremely fit. Many have climbed Everest multiple times.
"Most climbers, the majority of us, would not be able to summit Everest without their help," Leclaire said.